The recording studio within the Duderstadt Center on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will add a new API Vision surround sound mixing and recording console. Marking its 10th anniversary, the Duderstadt Center studio makeover is part of an overall renovation effort at the interactive educational facility, which also offers an electronic music studio, digital media tools lab, video studio, multimedia workrooms and much more.
From left: Duderstadt Center’s Jeff Vautin and David Greenspan
Later this spring, the recording studio will be decommissioned as the renovation process kicks off, with expected delivery of the new 48-frame, 40-channel Vision console in July. The project is planned to be complete in time for the fall term.
The 480-square-foot control room will feature an acoustical design by John Storyk of Walters-Storyk Design Group. Audio resources coordinator David Greenspan specified the Vision following an evaluation of console options—digital, analog, and analog with digital control.
“I’ve been a longtime user and fan of API,” Greenspan says. “With my previous role as the recording services manager at Interlochen (Center for the Arts), we used API 1604s. Once you get hooked on that sound, there’s no going back. That quality of warmth makes it an incredible tool for audio production.”
Surround mix and production capability in 5.1 is a major cornerstone of the renovation effort. Part of the university’s coursework is dedicated to creating music-based surround projects, but also surround for film and television. The idea is to provide students with a useful learning environment that prepares them for their future careers, while also meeting current needs.